Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction [Deluxe Edition] (2-CD)
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: June 29, 2018
- Originally Released: 1987
- Label: Geffen Records
Rolling Stone - 11/89Rated #27 in Rolling Stone's "100 Best Albums Of The Eighties" survey.
Spin - p.105"Shrieked in registers so high they never wanna come down....The greatest album ever made about how you can't run away from yourself."
Spin - p.89"[T]he chiming intro and druggy harmonies of 'Paradise City' reached back to the Byrds."
Q - 7/01, p.86Included in Q's "50 Heaviest Albums of All Time".
Q - 8/00, p.127Included in Q's "Best Metal Albums Of All Time" - "The sweariest rock album ever made...a riotous celebration of sex, drugs and rock'n'roll..."
Alternative Press - p.200"Slash's leering, boogie-rock riffs reeked of danger and the Stones..."
Kerrang (Magazine) - p.53"A genuine rock classic and one of the greatest albums of the last 20 years....It was loud, nasty, caused public outcry and sold over 25 million copies."
Tracks on Disc 1:
- 1.Welcome To The Jungle
- 2.It's So Easy
- 4.Out Ta Get Me
- 5.Mr. Brownstone
- 6.Paradise City
- 7.My Michelle
- 8.Think About You
- 9.Sweet Child O' Mine
- 10.You're Crazy
- 11.Anything Goes
- 12.Rocket Queen
Tracks on Disc 2:
- 1.Reckless Life
- 2.Nice Boys
- 3.Move To The City (Live)
- 4.Mama Kin
- 5.Shadow Of Your Love (Live)
- 6.Welcome To The Jungle (1986 Sound City Session)
- 7.Nightrain (1986 Sound City Session)
- 8.Out Ta Get Me (1986 Sound City Session)
- 9.Paradise City (1986 Sound City Session)
- 10.My Michelle (1986 Sound City Session)
- 11.Shadow Of Your Love
- 12.It's So Easy (Live)
- 13.Knockin' On Heaven's Door (Live)
- 14.Whole Lotta Rosie (Live)
- 15.You're Crazy (Acoustic Version)
- 17.Used To Love Her
- 18.Move To The City (1988 Acoustic Version)
Guns N' Roses: W. Axl Rose (vocals, synthesizer, percussion); Slash (acoustic & electric guitars); Izzy Stradlin (guitar, background vocals, percussion); Duff "Rose" McKagan (bass, background vocals); Steven Adler (drums).
Recorded at Rumbo Studios, Canoga Park, California; Take One Studio, Burbank, California; Can Am Studio, Tarzana, California.
Guns N' Roses' debut, Appetite for Destruction, was a turning point for hard rock in the late '80s -- it was a dirty, dangerous, and mean record in a time when heavy metal meant nothing but a good time. On the surface, Guns N' Roses may appear to celebrate the same things as their peers -- namely, sex, liquor, drugs, and rock & roll -- but there is a nasty edge to their songs, since Axl Rose doesn't see much fun in the urban sprawl of L.A. and its parade of heavy metal thugs, cheap women, booze, and crime. The music is as nasty as the lyrics, wallowing in a bluesy, metallic hard rock borrowed from Aerosmith, AC/DC, and countless, faceless hard rock bands of the early '80s. It's a primal, sleazy sound that adds grit to already grim tales. It also makes Rose's misogyny, fear, and anger hard to dismiss as merely an artistic statement; this is music that sounds lived-in. And that's exactly why Appetite for Destruction is such a powerful record -- not only does Rose have fears, but he is also vulnerable, particularly on the power ballad "Sweet Child O' Mine." He also has a talent for conveying the fears and horrors of the decaying inner city, whether it's on the charging "Welcome to the Jungle," the heroin ode "Mr. Brownstone," or "Paradise City," which simply wants out. But as good as Rose's lyrics and screeching vocals are, they wouldn't be nearly as effective without the twin-guitar interplay of Slash and Izzy Stradlin, who spit out riffs and solos better than any band since the Rolling Stones, and that's what makes Appetite for Destruction the best metal record of the late '80s.
[Universal's deluxe reissue of Appetite for Destruction missed the 30th anniversary of the album's release by a year but that's okay: Appetite wound up burning up the charts in 1988, so having the various deluxe reissues pop up in the summer of 2018 feels fine. Certainly, the extra music available on the three various editions -- the ultra-expensive Locked N Loaded edition has the same bonus material as the four-disc Super Deluxe, while the double-disc Deluxe Edition contains highlights of that bonus material -- is all worth the wait. All of the B-sides and all of the 1986 debut EP Live ?!&@ Like a Suicide are here, along with all of the new material from 1988's G N' R Lies save "One in a Million," whose absence signals Rose's political and emotional growth, but the true discoveries here are the demo sessions that cover disc three and disc four on the Super Deluxe, many of which were cut at the legendary Los Angeles studio Sound City. Most of Appetite was given its first airing here, and while the versions aren't as fiery as the finished album, what's remarkable is that the songs are. That's especially true regarding early versions of "Back Off Bitch" and "November Rain," the latter sounding just as majestic in a solo Rose piano reading as it did on Use Your Illusion. Scattered throughout are covers of "Heartbreak Hotel" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash," signs that the group saw themselves as heirs to all manners of rock & roll rebellion, but the acoustic versions that end this deluxe edition -- which include yet another cover of "Jumpin' Jack Flash" -- serve the same purpose as the acoustic numbers on G N' R Lies: they show how the band was tight and versatile underneath that roar. Although nothing here may eclipse the original Appetite for Destruction, everything added to this deluxe edition enhances the album, offering proof of Guns N' Roses's immense skill while also illustrating how the band captured lighting in a bottle on their debut.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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